• Wendy Swart Grossman

    Wendy Swart Grossman is a Metropolitan College lecturer in arts administration and the Creative Practitioner-in-Residence at BU’s BUild Lab; she can reached at wswart@bu.edu. Profile

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There are 13 comments on POV: What My Family and I Learned from Losing Our Mother to COVID-19

  1. Dear Wendy, my sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. Thank you for sharing this valuable information because I’m sure many could use it for their future planning. Your family sounds terrific.

  2. Such as lovely piece of writing coming out of such a hard time.
    Smarter siblings that I were ready with hospice and powers of attorney (medical and legal) plans when our mother died last October from cancer.
    That planning helped us spend more time with Mom and each other, making the process a little more bearable. I’m grateful for their foresight and articles like yours that will help other families prepare.

  3. Thank you for such a beautiful, inspiring, practical guide. As others have said, your family offered such a beautiful transition to your mother, and a model for us all. Sending sincere hopes that the love you shared will offer comfort as you grieve and remember. Your ideas should be written out and shared with many audiences.

  4. Thank you for sharing, I sincerely hope that the sharing was as cathartic in the moment for you as it could be for others in the future. You are so right, death and grieving are something we all share, yet how we process is so very personal. I smiled, I cried. I called my family.

  5. Dear Wendy,
    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. And I’m so touched by your story, your beautiful family! What generosity and wherewithal you have– to write and share such a meaningful, helpful article. Truly a gift.
    Sending my best to you and your family.

  6. Wendy
    How personal & how educational. How touching & how crisp. How emotional yet not maudlin. How to be human in this inhuman setting. Your mother would have been so proud.
    Thank you

  7. Wendy,
    Thank you for sharing your story and experience. Although it was quite difference circumstances, my mother has also passed away. Being able to share your story and provide tips to those in similar situations is such an important thing to do. My mother was diagnosed with ALS as I was about to graduate high school. My family had no idea what to expect or how to handle what was to come, so we felt very in the dark and just took things as they came as we tried our best to provide my mom with the best care possible. I think it is so important to share your knowledge and experience especially when it comes to sensitive topics like this because you can really help other people prepare for what is to come. It’s hard to see things clearly from the eye of the storm, but having an outside perspective to help guide you through a loved one’s death especially in a pandemic is priceless in my opinion, so thank you again for sharing your story.

  8. Dear Wendy,

    Thank you for sharing your story with us. I am so sorry for the loss of your loss mom. During this pandemic many lives have been lost and so difficult as things would have to be processed differently.

    You have shared the most incredible experience, so heartfelt and it brings tears reading your article.

    My mother survived Covid-19, she was in ICU in critical condition, within 24 hours of hospitalization. My heart was broken when I heard she was fighting for her life and during those testing times, I felt my world was going to end, I couldn’t believe what I was going through and my whole family had covid. I was the only one standing cause I lived on my own and had to make decisions for my mother. It was painful experience, something I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.

    She is home with us after a week, recovery takes time. I worry every day even now that she’s home, things aren’t the same. I wish time will slow down, I want her to fully recover but it’s just hard and still I cry every day/night when I go home.

    These experiences we go through makes us appreciate what we have and be grateful for it. I love her so much. I owe it to the Doctors, nurses and healthcare workers for their bravery and hope for saving lives.

    Your mother left behind a legacy and she was well loved. She has contributed. Your story is beautiful and so heartfelt.

    Take care and stay safe.

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